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Contino Blanco 2019

Rioja
  • 75cl bottle

Golden yellow in colour, clean and bright. This is a supremely elegant, complex white that has enticing floral , citrus and toasted nut aromas. Very good acidity and a delicate mouth feel. Fruity finish with persistent freshness.

Vineyards

With foundations dating from the 16th Century, this 62 hectare estate is located in a bend in the River Ebro. Here, a particular microclimate gives a special character to the wine. In 1973, Contino established the concept of the 'Bordeaux Chateau' in Rioja, creating the first single estate Rioja. The age of the previous three plots that make up the Contino Blanco vary between 40 to 60 years. The White Grenache comes from the calcareous clay San Gregorio Encina plot planted in 1980. The Malvasia comes from the alluvial stony and sandy Las Anchas plot planted 84 years ago.

Vintage

2019 has been a year marked by low rainfall, slightly below average. At the end of May there was rainfall that hindered fruit set in some varieties that were in full bloom. This, together with the plant's water stress, produced loose clusters and small berries. Temperatures throughout the growing season reflected the fact that winter was not very cold, but the summer was characterised by heat waves. It is expected to be a great vintage in terms of quality.

Winemaking

Cold maceration before alcoholic fermentation that takes place at low temperatures in stainless steel small tanks. When little sugar remains, the must is then racked into new 350L and 500L French oak barrels, where the alcoholic fermentation ends. 90% of the oak barrels are new and 10% are used once before. 7% of the wine stays in acacia barrels, 8% in the concrete Nomblot Egg, 80% in oak barrels and 5% in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged on its lees, removed every two weeks. After an eight-month period of barrel ageing, the wine was placed in bottle.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Salads and Picnics
Try with grilled sea bass or sardines